PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GARY JOHNSONTO DISCUSS SCOTUS HEALTH CARE RULINGDURING ONLINE TOWN HALL JULY 3
July 2, 2012, New York City – Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will hold an online Town Hall Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Johnson will be joined for the online discussion by Kathryn Serkes of the Doctor Patient Medical Association.
Announcing the Town Hall, Johnson said, "Mitt Romney created the template. Barack Obama and his friends in Congress created the law. And now, the Supreme Court has found a way to say it is OK for the government to complete its takeover of Americans' health care.
"With the legal challenges to President Obama's health care law having failed, it is going to be up to the political system to repeal what may be the largest federal power grab in history. While Governor Romney's words about repealing the health care law sound good, the effort to put patients back in charge of their health needs a leader who has never advocated an individual government health care mandate.
"What Americans need is for health care to be affordable and accessible. A law that creates thousands of new IRS agents and fewer doctors will do just the opposite. Only a functioning marketplace will meet the real medical care needs of patients, and that is the debate we need to have."
About presidential candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, two-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, has been a consistent advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty. Johnson switched from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party on Dec. 28, 2011. As the Libertarian Party nominee, Johnson will appear on all 50 states' ballots. An outspoken pro-Constitution Libertarian, Johnson would end the war in Afghanistan now. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve. As president, Johnson would cut federal spending by 43 percent, slash debt and make government live within its means while reducing taxes and regulation to foster real job creation and economic opportunity like he did in eight years as governor. The National Review said he was "#1" in job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peaks on four of the seven continents, including Mount Everest.